It may be the hottest summer on record in the U.S. When it’s THAT hot, the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven or the stove. I don’t know about you, but I tend to eat more salads or anything I don’t have to cook inside. This week’s #SundaySupper is all about salads, refreshing drinks, desserts and foods that don’t require baking. I’m pleased to offer wine recommendations for this great lineup of foods that beat the heat!
Check out this week’s lineup of “cool” recipes! My recommended wine pairings are italicized.
Rosé is my favorite summertime quaff – it offers the soul of a red wine because it’s predominately made with red wine grapes, but with the cool refreshment of a white wine. Try the following appetizers with the 2011 Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé from South Africa. It’s a fabulous wine, and a great deal at less than $10 too!
- Watermelon and Goat Cheese Bites ~ Chelsea’s Culinary Indulgence
- Strawberry Gazpacho ~ Diabetic Foodie
- Totally Cool Green Hummus and Beef Satay ~ My Kitchen and I
Try these delightful appetizers with Prosecco, which tend to be fruitier than other sparkling wines produced using the traditional method. That makes them the ideal foil for slightly spicy foods and smoked fish. Look for La Marca Prosecco. It has apple, peach and honeysuckle aromas followed by fresh, fruity apple, citrus flavors.
- Sweet & Tangy Chili Lime Fruit Salad ~ Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Smoked Whitefish Salad Bagel Bites ~ Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Pair the following appetizer with a Riesling, arguably the most food friendly white wine. Look for the 2010 Columbia Crest Two Vines Riesling – it’s distinctly off-dry with tropical fruit and citrus aromas, followed by stone fruit and mild orange flavors rounded out with a crisp refreshing acidity.
The grilled and the cheesy goodness of a baked potato skins will work best with a red. Look for the 2010 Ménage à Trois, a blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. It’s an easy drinking red that can take a chill too because it’s fruity, lower in tannins with good acidity!
#BeatTheHeat Salads, Soups, & Sides:
Try the following dishes with a Sauvignon Blanc. Look for the 2011 Veramonte Ritual Sauvignon Blanc from Chile – it’s an elegant Sauvignon Blanc that sees a bit of oak, with pineapple, stone fruit, and citrus aromas and flavors.
- Cool Cucumber Salad ~ Momma’s Meals
- Lemony Garbanzo Kale Salad with Tuna ~ Shockingly Delicious
- Hungarian Cucumber Salad Recipe – Uborkasaláta Recept ~ The Watering Mouth
- Cold Cucumber and Orzo Salad ~ Mama.Mommy.Mom
- Chilly Dilly Cucumber Soup with Shrimp ~ Comfy Cuisine
Riesling will be a nice match for the following dishes. Go with the 2010 Columbia Crest Two Vines Riesling mentioned above.
- Tomato Salad with Macadamia Cheese ~ Cooking’s Good Vegetarian Cafe
- Char-Grilled Corn Salad ~ The Little Ferraro Kitchen
- Greek (Yogurt) Potato Salad ~ Family Foodie
- Apple and Poppy Seed Coleslaw ~ Damn Delicious
- Mom’s Creamy Pea Salad ~ Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Summertime Sweet Pea Salad ~ Granny’s Down Home Southern Cooking
Pair the following soup with a Rosé, or a sparkling Rose either the Mulderbosch, or the Gruet respectively mentioned above.
- Gazpacho ~ The Hand That Rocks the Ladle
#BeatTheHeat Main Dishes:
- Ranch Chicken Tacos ~ Pippi’s In The Kitchen Again - Pair with the 2011 Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé
- Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken ~ Make Dinner Easy - Pair with an unoaked Chardonnay – I like the 2009 Joel Gott Unoaked Chardonnay with its crisp acidity, and tropical, tangerine, and Meyer lemon flavors
- Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork ~ Cupcakes and Kale Chips - Pulled pork and Zinfandel love each other! Look for the 2010 Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel; it’s bold, fruit forward with good balance
- No Bake Pizza ~ The Meltaways - Pair with a Pinot Noir. Not only is it food friendly, it can take a chill when the temps rise (stick it in an ice bath for about 15 minutes)! Look for the 2010 Concha Y Toro Casillero del Diablo Reserve Pinot Noir from Chile.
Pair the following main dishes with a Sparkling Rosé. They are among the most versatile food wines. I recommend Gruet Rose. It’s shows lots of red fruit, and the chilled effervescence will have you ready for the next bite of your entrée!
- Rainbow Slaw with Steak and Chipotle Crema ~ Cooking By The Seat of our Pants
- Rolling with Kimbap ~ Kimchi Mom
- Serrano Ham, Mozzarella and Arugula Sandwiches ~ Vintage Kitchen Notes
- Asian Veggie Lettuce Wraps ~ The Lemon Bowl
I differentiated between the frozen and other desserts because frozen desserts are a treat unto themselves, especially when it’s so hot!
- Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream ~ Supper for a Steal
- No-Cook Egg-Free Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream ~ Chocolate Moosey
- Peach Sorbet ~ Magnolia Days
- Gluten-Free Cookie Dough Ice Cream ~ No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
- Icebox Chocolate Pie ~ Doggie at the Dinner Table
- Honey and Elderflower Ice Cream ~ Small Wallet Big Appetite
- Blackberry Lavender Popsicles ~ Girlichef
- Frozen Chocolate Bananas ~ In the Kitchen with Audrey
- Strawberry-Lime Margarita Ice Cream ~ Cookistry
- Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches ~ That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream ~ Baker Street
- Vanilla Peach Swirl Frozen Yogurt ~ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
- Espresso and Toasted Almond Semifreddo ~ The Messy Baker
- Mango Ice Cream ~ Queen’s Notebook
- White Apricot & Honeysuckle Sorbet ~ Family Spice
- Biscoff Ice Cream Cupcakes ~ Juanita’s Cocina
- Elegant Fruit Jellies ~ Happy Baking Days – La Marca Prosecco will be a fruity refreshing match for this dessert
- Raspberry Mousse ~ Basic and Delicious - Pair with Banfi Rosa Regale, a lovely Italian sparkler that offer rose and berry aromas, along with strawberry and raspberry flavors.
#BeatTheHeat Drinks & Cocktails:
- Shirley Temple ~ Cravings of a Lunatic
- Coco-Limeade ~ What Smells So Good?
- Prickly Pear White Wine Spritzer ~ Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Classic Daquiri ~ Katherine Martinelli
- Salty Lassi ~ Soni’s Food for Thought
- Blueberry Mint Lemonade ~ Pescetarian Journal
- Sweet Basil & Cucumber Melon Smoothie ~ Daily Dish Recipes
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